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My minimum bar for inclusion in this post in some manner is having ridden on it at least once.
When I look at recommendations across all products I make, I try and recommend products to you in the same way that I’d do to friends and family.
I keep it simple and explain exactly why I feel a given way.
So, here’s the 2017 buckets, aligned to the trends of trainer pricing in 2017: Budget – Sub-$500: These tend to be basic in functions, and lack automated controls, but some do still have some electronics. Mid-Range $500-$600: These are where we see electronic resistance control, as well as the majority of features and full app integration.
Mid-High End $800-900: This is somewhat of a new category, and largely driven by the Tacx Flux and Elite Direto trainers.
Finally, for those looking for general sports technology recommendations (watches/action cams/activity trackers/scales/etc.…), I tend to publish those in early-mid November, just before the holidays (but after any lingering products have been announced reviewed – though I only expect a handful more this year).
My goal being to wrap up all the new wearable reviews by that timeframe.
This is, again, not the holy grail of everything ever made by everyone.
Still, I’m lucky enough to have been able to try almost everything made by all the major trainer companies this year, at least at the mid to upper end (I don’t tend to review the 118 different models of trainers from to 0). The summer season is past us (well, unless you’re in Australia), and it’s time to pick out that trainer for the weekend.Sure, the weather in much of the US and Europe right now might feel warm, but that’ll change overnight.There are specific cases where something may have a vast price gap in one market (I.e. NEO in the US), yet be nearly identical in other markets (some European countries).Similarly, the European markets generally get a better deal on European-made products (Tacx/Elite), while US consumers tend to get better pricing on US-made products (Wahoo).Over the last few years we’ve continued to see major shifting in price vs feature-set combinations.